The creative inspiration behind this collection reaches back to the very origin of British sport kits & tropes of classic menswear, considering the physical aspects, fabrications, design & construction as well as social narratives, roles & rituals.
The origin of the sports uniform & playing kit lies in 1800s Rugby Town when Marry (Penrose) Arnold constructed raw cotton clothing, to provide the first specific uniform for players to change into from their day clothing & hence assume their role as sportsmen & team members.
The dynamic between this fabrication constructing the very first sports uniforms. The "prototype" sportsmen they clothed & defined, informs our development of unique fabrications.
We have created our Prototype as a modern uniform, a collection from raw, unbleached cotton in a monochrome hue of ecru, following the spirit of the cotton colour and construction in those first strips. English Fine Cottons spin Supima yarns for us in an original Victorian cotton mill near Manchester, the spiritual home of the British cotton industry. These threads are then knitted into super soft pique, loopback, jersey and interlock. We cut our garments on the bias, a technique rarely used in classic menswear, to create garments which have a unique combination of classic fit, and super soft comfortable drape.